The force that through the green fuse drives the flower... by Lawrence Alfred Powell

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The force that through the green fuse drives the flower,
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose,
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

The force that drives the water through the rocks,
Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams,
Turns mine to wax.
And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins,
How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.

The hand that whirls the water in the pool,
Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind,
Hauls my shroud sail.
And I am dumb to tell the hanging man,
How of my clay is made the hangman’s lime.

The lips of time leech to the fountain head;
Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood
Shall calm her sores.
And I am dumb to tell a weather’s wind,
How time has ticked a heaven round the stars.

And I am dumb to tell the lover’s tomb,
How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.

— Dylan Thomas

Eco-surrealist artist & poet, and editor of LNMV online magazine, presently living in New Zealand. Have also lived/worked in Jamaica and the USA. The new ‘eco-surrealist’ art mixes subconscious dream images of traditional surrealism (e.g. Magritte, De Chirico, Ernst, Dali, Tanguy, Picasso) with contemporary ‘green consciousness’ social activism themes, and nature mysticism approaches to spirituality.

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  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 3 years ago

    (your vote is needed here and there !!!)

  • Druidstorm
    Druidstormabout 3 years ago

    A delightful read of enigmatic word that compliments the art with exceptional wonder! Truly beautiful! Bravo, bravo!!!…)o(

  • plunder
    plunderabout 3 years ago


  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonalmost 3 years ago

    (See your work in the spotlight and congratulate the other featured artists on our Permanent Feature Page!)

    Congratulations, Lawrence!

  • Danica Radman
    Danica Radmanover 2 years ago


  • linaji
    linajiover 2 years ago

    Feb. 2012

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

    Excellent Image/! 04/24/2012
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